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Raging Bull: 1970 book, 1980 film. Based on Jake LaMotta's autobiography. Martin Scorsese directed Robert De Niro as the controversial middleweight boxer of the 1940s and 1950s renowned for his fierce style.

This Sporting Life: 1960 book, 1963 film. Adapted from David Storey's book, Richard Harris played a Yorkshire rugby league player who expressed himself, both on and off the field, through violence.

Eight Men Out: 1963 book, 1988 film. Dramatisation of Eliot Asinof's tale about the "Black" Sox scandal, when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to lose the 1919 baseball World Series.

Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Runner: 1959 book, 1962 film. Tom Courtenay played the lead in the adaptation of Alan Sillitoe's novel about an inmate who becomes a top-class runner while training in jail.

A League Of Their Own: 1967 book, 1992 film. Story of women baseballers who played during the Second World War to keep those who remained in the US entertained.

Champions: 1981 book, 1983 film. John Hurt played Bob Champion, the jockey who overcame cancer to ride Aldaniti to victory in the 1981 Grand National.

Fever Pitch: 1990 book, 1997 film. Nick Hornby's semi-autobiographical look-back on his love affair with Arsenal and his subsequent dilemma of whether to pay more attention to the club or his girlfriend.

True Blue: 1988 book, 1996 film. Story of the Oxford Boat Race mutiny, based on Daniel Topolski's book.